It starts with "Tonight on Making the Band," but instead we see the history of this show, with Lou "Snack Attack" Pearlman looking for five boys to make a boy band. Ashley tells us that Lou "will always be a genius because he has a talent for putting groups together." We see Lou hug boys. We are introduced to Mike Cronin and Mike Morin. They are still employed by Trans Continental Records to manage O-Town. We are told that, and we see the words on the screen. Got it. Ashley tells us that the two Mikes are thinking about leaving Lou's company to come and work for O-Town. Sure they are, kid. What you don't know about the music business could fill Lou Pearlman's dinner plate.
Ashley leans in toward Boston Mike. Boston Mike plays with some electronic device instead. Ashley tells Mike that he's worried about the "contract situation." He confesses that it's the first time he's ever done something like this. No shit? Ashley tells us that it's very important that they watch their backs. Scary music takes over in the background as Ashley informs us that there are some people in this business who will take advantage of you if you let them. Amazing insight for just one boy, isn't it?
Opening credits. With each passing day, my hatred for Jacob grows. He wasn't even really in the last episode and I just hate him.
We start with thirty blissful seconds of sky shots. I love it. I love it so much. Lou enters some room and beelines right for Ashley. Lou hugs Ashley as the other boys back away. Ashley asks Lou what he thinks about "this little production, here." Lou smiles and says, "I love it. I love it. It's phat." I'm leaving that joke alone, people. Sometimes they make it too easy.
Ashley explains to us that, in the beginning, Lou said that he was going to be very involved in the group. He said that he was going to be "one-sixth member." He explained to the boys that instead of being a manager and taking a manager's cut, he'd act like he was the sixth member and take one sixth of all profits. We get a very scary close-up of Lou's face as Ashley tells us that, as time went on, Lou was around less and less. Lou's ear is gigantic. Gigantic! I think I see a bag of Cheetos in there. Ashley says that Lou is too busy to be their manager.
Lou sits behind his office desk and says, "I would love to do it all." How fucking creepy is that? The blinds are closed so you can't see just how sweet Lou's office is. By the way, I'm sure this isn't really his office, but just a "modest-looking place" in which they filmed Lou back-pedaling. He explains that since he runs several companies, he just can't be at O-Town's beck and call. I don't think that Lou owes anyone an explanation. He doesn't have to cater to anything these boys say. How degrading that he even has to pretend to care.